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Orion and North, mosaic, 



Orion and North, mosaic

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Nikon 85mm f/1.4

Imaging camera:SBIG STL11K

Mount:Paramount ME

Guiding camera:SBIG ST-7E

Software:MaximDL 5

Filter:Barr Associates H alpha filter, 3nm

Resolution: 3717x1909

Dates:Feb. 15, 2014

Frames: 30x900"

Integration: 7.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 15.21 days

Avg. Moon phase: 99.78% job: 746375

Locations: driveway, Daytona Beach, FL, United States


A three panel mosaic of the region including Orion on the south end, imaged over multiple nights. Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens, used at f/4.

Starting from the far South (left), there is Barnard's Loop. I used to think of this as a faint object. No more, it now seems somewhat "bright". The Orion Nebula is completely saturated and the
Horsehead is just visible. Moving North is the VERY bright Betelgeuse, and the huge Sharpless 2-264 below it. Straight above at the very top of the frame is the familiar Rosette, Monoceros Loop and Cone Nebula.

Moving from there diagonally to the bottom right corner there are in succession a number of planetary nebulae, the bright NGC2174, and IC443 to the upper right from it. Continuing to the lower right
corner is M35 and then the delicate filaments of Sh2-240. Finally M36 and M38 in the bottom right corner. The Crab (M1) barely shows as a diffuse star at this resolution--near the bottom, right of center, not even easy to find.



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Orion and North, mosaic,